May 02, 2012

Team recognized by Senate and Assembly

Members of the Sackets Harbor Boys Basketball team were honored today in Albany for their capture of the Class D state title.

The Patriots were recognized in both the Senate and Assembly Chambers, and were presented with official Legislative recognition for their historic 49-35 victory over Madrid Waddington.

“It was my pleasure to honor such a bright and hardworking group of young people today in Albany.  In my district I was lucky enough to have not one, but two teams make it to the state finals,” said Senator Ritchie.

“The accomplishments of the Patriots have been celebrated in a number of ways in the North Country, and I’m glad to see the group’s dedication and determination are now being recognized in Albany.”

The Patriots win capped off an undefeated season and marked the first state boys basketball title in school and Frontier League history.

“The winning of a state title is something the members of this squad have been working at for years—and they haven’t done it alone.  The team wouldn’t be where it is today without the guidance and mentorship of head coach Jeff Robbins, the oversight and leadership of school superintendent Fred Hall, and the support of a loyal community of fans back home,” said Ritchie.

The Patriots traveled  to Albany with the help of Widrick Auto Sales.  The Watertown automotive dealer provided vans to transport the team to the Capitol and no cost to the team or taxpayers.

In addition to being honored in the Senate and Assembly, the team also joined Senator Ritchie for a pizza lunch and took a tour of the Capitol.